SOLIHULL Blossomfield remain top of Warwickshire League Division 2 following a hard fought victory at Nether Whitacre.
The visitors won the toss and decided to bowl first following a successful chase the previous week. However they failed to take early wickets and the hosts looked well placed for a competitive total at 83-1. This was largely down to the efforts of home captain Matthew Lawrence who made 42 in good time. However when Naveed Bashir (2-15) removed Lawrence and opener Andrew Murphy in successive overs, the tide began to turn. Then it was over to 13 year old Jack Felton, playing in only his 3rd senior match to swing the game completely in Bloss’ favour. He took a wicket with his first delivery and didn’t look back, finishing with outstanding figures of 5-18 from just 5 overs. Nathan Myers (2-33) returned to dismiss the tail and restrict the hosts to a seemingly under-par 145 all out.
In reply Bloss looked to get the game completed in quick time but were stopped in their tracks in the first over when Pravin Uppal (2-41) removed the dangerous Bashir thanks to a simply outstanding diving, one-handed catch at backward point from Ryan Baimbridge. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and at 81-5, the home side were slight favourites. However Sheraz Khan produced a captain’s innings when required, his 67 coming from 90 balls. He and Harvey Satterthwaite (22) added a measured 64 for the 6th wicket and despite a late rally from Nether Whitacre, the visitors reached their target with 3 wickets & 22 overs to spare.
Next up for the table toppers is the visit of Corley to Widney Lane on Saturday.